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Malebranche's Theory of the Soul: A Cartesian Interpretation

Tad Schmaltz


This book considers in the broader context of early modern Cartesianism Malebranche's claim that consciousness of the soul yields knowledge of a nature that is radically inferior in kind to the knowledge that Cartesians have of the nature of the body. Though Malebranche accepted Descartes's substance dualism, his claim stands on its head the doctrine in the Meditations that the nature of mind is better known than body. Malebranche insisted against Descartes and more orthodox followers such as Arnauld that what the Cartesians themselves say reveals that they have only a confused consciousness o ... More

Keywords: Arnauld, Cartesianism, cogito, consciousness, Descartes, history of philosophy, Malebranche, mind, self, soul, substance dualism

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Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195103441
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195103440.001.0001


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Tad Schmaltz, author
Duke University
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Part I Confused Consciousness of Modifications

Part II Clear Demonstrations of Properties

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